Did you know…?

  • 360 million people worldwide have some form of hearing loss.
  • Hearing loss may result from genetic causes, complications at birth, certain infectious diseases, chronic ear infections, the use of particular drugs, exposure to excessive noise, or aging.
  • Half of all cases of hearing loss are avoidable through primary prevention.
  • About 3 out of every 1,000 children in the U.S. are born with a detectable level of hearing loss in one or both ears.
  • More than 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents.
  • Approximately 48 million adults aged 18 and over report some trouble hearing.
  • Men are more likely than women to report having hearing loss.
  • 1 in 8 people in the U.S. (13% or 30 million) aged 12 years and older have hearing loss in both ears.
  • About 2% of adults aged 45 to 54 have hearing loss. The rate increases to 8.5% for adults aged 55 to 64. Nearly 25% of those aged 65 to 74 and 50% of those who are 75 and older have a form of hearing loss.
  • Approximately 15% of Americans (26 million people) between the ages of 20 and 69 have high frequency hearing loss due to exposure to noise at work or during leisure activities.
  • Roughly 10% of the U.S. adult population, or about 25 million Americans, have experienced tinnitus lasting at least five minutes.
  • Among adults age 70+ with hearing loss who could benefit from hearing aids, fewer than one in three (30%) have ever used them. Even fewer adults aged 20 to 69 (approximately 16%) who could benefit from wearing hearing aids have ever used them.
  • As of December 2012, approximately 324,200 cochlear implants have been implanted worldwide. In the United States, roughly 58,000 devices have been implanted in adults and 38,000 in children.
  • 5 out of 6 children experience an ear infection (otitis media) by the time they are 3 years old.
  • Current production of hearing aids meets less than 10% of the global need.

Sources: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, World Health Organization